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Last updated: Friday, 18 June, 2021, 12:44

  • Crucible to hold second Covid-19 jab clinic for 18s and over
  • Covid jab invitations for people aged over 18 sent out today
  • Covid cases rise above 10,000 in one day for the first time since February.
  • Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers
  • Sheffield MP Miriam Cates votes against extension of Covid-19 restrictions
  • How many of Sheffield's care home staff have the first vaccine?

Covid cases ‘increasing exponentially’ among younger age groups in England, new study finds

Covid cases ‘increasing exponentially’ among younger age groups in England, new study finds

Covid infection cases are “rising exponentially” across England in the younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.

Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers

Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers

The boss of Sheffcare, a charity which runs a chain of ten care homes across Sheffield, says Government plans for mandatory vaccination for staff will impact staffing levels and should be up to the individual.

Downing Street said that the Government wanted people to travel abroad “as soon as it is safe to do so” but stressed that no decisions had been made about opening up holidays for those who had received both vaccine doses.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “As we have always set out, we want people to be able to travel abroad as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Currently we have set out a traffic light system for international travel. We are always learning more about the virus and its variants.

“At this stage in the pandemic, our current approach is the right one, but we keep our measures under review, and that was set out clearly in both the road map and the Global Travel Taskforce report.

“On the point about double vaccinations, absolutely no decisions have been made on that.”

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a heart starter, the national team doctor has confirmed.

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a heart starter, the national team doctor has confirmed.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had to be resuscitated on the pitch at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after slumping to the ground during the first half of his side’s 1-0 Euro 2020 Group B defeat to Finland on Saturday evening.

Eriksen regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his cardiac arrest.

Providing an update on his status on Thursday, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter).”

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Sheffield MP Miriam Cates votes against extension of Covid-19 restrictions

The division list showed 49 Conservative MPs voted against the regulations that delayed the road map, with a further two acting as tellers to enable the vote.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Miriam Cates MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: “The restrictions we face are now out of proportion to the threat and so extending the measures sets a dangerous precedent. We must learn to live with Covid in a way we have with so many other risks.”

They 49 Tory MPs were: Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Siobhan Baillie (Stroud), Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire), Bob Blackman (Harrow East), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Peter Bone (Wellingborough), Karen Bradley (Staffordshire Moorlands), Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West), Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire), Steve Brine (Winchester), Miriam Cates (Penistone and Stocksbridge), Christopher Chope (Christchurch), Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds), Elliot Colburn (Carshalton and Wallington), Philip Davies (Shipley), David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden), Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon), Richard Drax (South Dorset), Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green), Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford), Marcus Fysh (Yeovil), Chris Grayling (Epsom and Ewell), Chris Green (Bolton West), Mark Harper (Forest of Dean), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), David Jones (Clwyd West), Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire), Andrew Lewer (Northampton South), Chris Loder (West Dorset), Jonathan Lord (Woking), Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham), Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet), Karl McCartney (Lincoln), Stephen McPartland (Stevenage), Esther McVey (Tatton), Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), Mark Pawsey (Rugby), John Redwood (Wokingham), Andrew Rosindell (Romford), Greg Smith (Buckingham), Henry Smith (Crawley), Julian Sturdy (York Outer), Desmond Swayne (New Forest West), Robert Syms (Poole), Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire), Charles Walker (Broxbourne), David Warburton (Somerton and Frome), and William Wragg (Hazel Grove).

Six Labour MPs also rebelled to oppose the extension of the Covid restrictions, according to the division list.

They were Ben Bradshaw (Exeter), Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish), Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields), John Spellar (Warley), Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton), and Derek Twigg (Halton).

Five DUP MPs also opposed the regulations.

They were Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry), Paul Girvan (South Antrim), Carla Lockhart (Upper Bann), Ian Paisley (North Antrim), and Sammy Wilson (East Antrim).

MPs back extension of Covid-19 restrictions until July 19

MPs have approved the extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19, although Boris Johnson suffered a major rebellion from members of his own party over the delay.

The Prime Minister was spared a defeat as Labour backed plans for a four-week delay to the end of lockdown measures, aimed at buying more time for the vaccine programme.

MPs voted 461 to 60, a majority of 401, on Wednesday to approve regulations delaying the easing of the measures.

But 49 Conservative MPs rebelled by opposing the regulations, two acted as tellers for the noes to enable the vote while former ministers Dr Liam Fox and Dr Andrew Murrison spoke in the debate but did not vote.

For now, limits on numbers for sports events, theatres and cinemas will remain in place, nightclubs will stay shuttered and people will be asked to continue working from home where possible.

It comes after furious Tories rounded on Mr Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the Government’s scientific advisers over the extension of Covid restrictions in England.

They cast doubt on the Prime Minister’s commitment that July 19 would be a “terminus” date for the lockdown after he was forced to postpone easing restrictions on June 21.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson was challenged by Tory MPs Philip Davies and William Wragg, while Mr Hancock also faced a barrage of criticism over the delay.

Mr Davies questioned why the Prime Minister was not trusting the “the common sense of the British people and his Conservative instincts of individual freedom and individual responsibility” rather than the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

Mr Johnson insisted he did not want to see Covid restrictions last forever but “a little more time” was needed to vaccinate millions more people to help combat the spread of the Delta variant.

Mr Wragg asked: “When can we expect the co-ordinated chorus of Sage members recommencing their media appearances to depress morale?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I believe that academic and scientific freedom are an invaluable part of our country and I also note that my scientific colleagues would echo my sentiments that we need to learn to live with Covid.”

The vote on extending the lockdown came as:

– Mr Hancock announced care home staff in England will be required to have coronavirus vaccinations to protect residents as a similar move was being considered for NHS workers.

– Cabinet minister Liz Truss suggested the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation would not recommend routinely jabbing under-18s.

– The Prime Minister’s former adviser Dominic Cummings published a WhatsApp message from Mr Johnson apparently describing Mr Hancock’s response to the pandemic as “totally f****** hopeless”.

As MPs considered the extension to lockdown, Tory former minister Sir Desmond Swayne said: “I never believed that it was proportionate even from the outset for ministers to take such liberties with our liberty.”

He claimed that “emergency has now passed” as he questioned why measures remained, while Conservative former chief whip Mark Harper raised concerns that measures could continue.

The chair of the lockdown-sceptic Covid Recovery Group said: “My worry, and the worry of others, is we’re going to get to this point in four weeks’ time and we’re just going to be back here all over again extending the restrictions.”

Meanwhile, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said Labour would support the extension, as he believed lifting all restrictions now “could be akin to throwing petrol on a fire”.

“But, of course, we shouldn’t be here, and we are only here because over the last eight weeks we have failed to contain the Delta variant and have allowed it to become dominant,” he added.

As of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 9,055 lab-confirmed cases in the UK – the first time the daily reported figure has been above 9,000 since February 25.

The Government said a further nine people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total by that measure to 127,926.

Figures up to June 15 show 42,021,089 people have received a first dose of vaccine – a rise of 190,033 on the previous day – while 30,440,373 of them have also had a second jab, an increase of 230,666.

Third of Covid patients had ‘do not resuscitate’ decision in first wave, Sheffield study finds

Third of Covid patients had ‘do not resuscitate’ decision in first wave, Sheffield study finds

Almost a third of patients admitted to hospital with suspected Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic had a “do not resuscitate” decision recorded before or on their day of admission, research suggests.

How many of Sheffield's care home staff have the first vaccine?

How many of Sheffield's care home staff have the first vaccine?

Following reports that vaccination against Covid is to be made compulsory for care home staff in England, data has been released giving details as to how close local authorities are to achieving that goal.

Crucible hosting second covid vaccination drop in - Saturday 19 June

The Crucible Theatre will be hosting its second drop in covid vaccination clinic on Saturday 19 June.

There was a fantastic turnout for the first clinic so please get there early they can only vaccinate 700 people on a first come, first serve basis. Check that you are eligible for this drop-in before you come at the button below.

Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Find out who can currently get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

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